All week long the kids have made some small Mother's Day cards and crafts at school or the YMCA or playgroup. Steve told me last night that Rhianna had made great plans for Mother's Day. She even prepped her brothers and told them to be quiet and sneaky when they woke up, not to bother me, just to wake up dad and Rhianna so they could do kind things for me. Seth didn't quite get the whole message and snuck into my room and yelled, "BOO." I thought it was hilarious but stayed sleeping in bed. Rhianna had prepared the breakfast menu and helped Steve cook. Then they all brought me breakfast in bed. I got to rest some more before actually getting up and it was a very relaxing day.
Rhianna and Rand love to make up their own games and sometimes can play for hours. And now Seth is even starting to play along with them. This too was part of Rhianna's plan for my mother's day, to help them all get along, and the kids did great. This is a picture of my room from the game they played before church.
I rarely mind messes anyway, but this was particularly nice mess for me today because I knew they were really trying to play well for me. Then after church Seth took a nap, we ate pulled pork, and Rhianna and Rand created puzzles for each other.
Our church services were also very nice today. The kids sang a few songs for mothers and I enjoyed seeing Rhianna and Rand's smiling faces along with the hand motions Rand was doing. We got a new bishopric today and so the meeting was both the old and new Bishoprics and a few of their wives bearing their testimonies. On mother's day I was particularly touched by the new Bishop's wife talking about his mother. He grew up here in Tucson, in this ward, and his parents and 2 of his brothers also live in our ward. His parents learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as adults and were baptized and then taught their children. And now on Mother's Day she got to see her son be worthy to serve and be called as Bishop. It was a very spiritual and uplifting meeting.
Being a mother involves so much. The phrase my kids probably hear me say the most might be "I'm tired." They have so much energy and gusto and waking up before my alarm to my cute 2 year old saying "Mom-mom I got Poop-poop" nearly every morning often leaves me tired. But hopefully the phrase they hear at least second most is "I love you." We really feel it and Steve and I try to make sure we say it often to each other and to our kids. There really are so many great moments or days like this one that make me appreciate the joy I have in my family and the goodness of each of my children individually.
PS - It is now Monday morning and I guess Seth did get it. This morning he yelled for Dad to change his poop-poop. And he couldn't be persuaded otherwise. He said "Mom needs sleep." And so Steve got to wake up early again. Ahhh.